Technical Program

100 papers from 23 countries

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Sponsored by Solvay

The Nickel-Cobalt-Copper sessions are held over three days from Monday 20 May to Wednesday 22 May.  The program includes 35 papers plus the Pressure Acid Leaching panel discussion.

MONDAY 20 MAY Click to view abstract (in presentation order)
Opening Address
David Weight
President, Cobalt Institute
UKThe Changing Landscape of the Cobalt Market
Keynote Address
Dr Bryn Harris
Managing Partner, NMR360 Inc
CanadaThe Future of Ni-Co-Cu Processing in the Age of Lithium-Ion Batteries
Feature Project
Clean TeQ Limited
AustraliaThe Clean TeQ Sunrise Project - A One Stop Shop from Nickel Laterites to Lithium Ion Battery Feedstock - Project Update *NEW
Curtin University, Western Australian School of MinesAustraliaThe Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBICRC) and its Role to Catalyse Growth in Industries Across the Battery Value Chain
JordProxa Pty LtdAustraliaDesign of Battery Grade Purity Nickel and Cobalt Sulphate Crystallisation Plants
MetEng Pty Ltd/METSIM International/ Sargon Engineering AustraliaProcess Modelling and Simulation in the Battery Era *NEW
Arithmetek Inc/University of Queensland/Pure Battery TechnologiesCanada/AustraliaEnvironmental Evaluation of Making Nickel Sulphate
The University of Queensland/Pure Battery TechnologiesAustraliaDevelopment of Selective Nickel Leaching Technology for Refining Mixed Nickel-Cobalt Hydroxide Precipitate
Boyd Willis Hydromet Consulting/Platina Resources/ResEvalAustraliaThe Platina Scandium Project – One Step Closer to Production
METS Engineering Group Pty Ltd (METS)AustraliaProducing Ferronickel as a Process Alternative for Nickel Laterite Processing
Jenike & Johanson Pty LtdAustraliaIs Your Class 1 Nickel Development Biased for Success or Failure?
FM GlobalUSAFire and Explosion Risks in Complex Hydrometallurgy Facilities
TUESDAY 21 MAY
Feature Project
Glencore Technology
AustraliaFirst Commercialisation of the Albion ProcessTM for Copper
Solvay EMEA/Solvay USAZambia/USAAcorga™ CR60 Crud Mitigation Reagent - Commercial Trials in North America and Africa
InnovEco Australia/University of South Australia/Oryxeio IngenieríaAustralia/ChileFurther Development of the Continuous Ion Exchange Process for Copper Recovery from Fines
PuroliteSouth AfricaThe Application of Solvent-Impregnated Resins for the Production of High-Purity Nickel and Cobalt Liquors
AMS Technologies/Chimerical TechnologyIsrael/South AfricaMembrane Technology: Advances for Base Metal Processes
CleanTeQ WaterChinaUranium Removal by Ion Exchange Technology from Base Metal Streams – A DRC Case Study *NEW
Diemme® Filtration (Aqseptence Group)Australia/ItalyReagent and Product Recovery from Leached Ore Slurries Using Filter Presses
Matec Pacific/Matec SrlAustralia/ItalyTailings Management: An Overview and Techonolgy Implementation within Acidic Process Environments
Mining & Process Solutions (MPS)/ Curtin UniversityAustraliaFuture of the Glyleach™ Process Treating Komatiite Nickel Deposits in WA
Queen's University, Mining DepartmentCanadaUnderstanding the Arsenic In-Situ Precipitation during the AF 5-Catalyzed Atmospheric Sulfide Leaching Process
Teck ResourcesCanadaAssessing Hydrometallurgical Recovery of Byproduct Cobalt and Copper from Cementation Residue at Teck’s Trail Operation Zinc Refinery
CSIRO Mineral ResourcesAustraliaThe Impacts of Chloride upon the Leaching of Chalcopyrite
Dinner Address
Alan Taylor
Conference Chair/Managing Director, ALTA Metallurgical Services
AustraliaThe Rise of Cobalt – A Laterite Wars Story
WEDNESDAY 22 MAY
InnovEco Australia/University of South Australia/Oryxeio IngenieríaAustralia/ChileInvestigation of the Resin in Moist Mix Process for the Nickel and Cobalt Recovery from Laterites
Terrafame LtdFinlandBioheapleaching in Boreal Conditions - Temperature Profile Inside the Heaps and Microbiology in Elevated Temperatures
BASF CorporationUSA/AustraliaField Results from Leaching Aid Trials using BASF’s LixTRA™ Reagent
Pressure Acid Leaching Forum
Acknowledging the 20-year anniversary of the commissioning of the Bulong, Cawse and Murrin Murrin PAL projects.
Bantrel CoCanada20th Anniversary of the Anaconda, Bulong, Cawse Nickel-Cobalt HPAL Projects - Design and Commissioning Experiences - Lessons Learned
NobelCladUSA20 Years of Ti Clad in Hydrometallurgy
Sherritt Technologies/NTWISTCanadaReview of Artificial Intelligence Use in High Pressure Acid Leach (HPAL)
Rheological Consulting Services Pty Ltd/Clean TeQ LimitedAustraliaThe Clean TeQ Sunrise Project Flowsheet Rheology and Practical Implications on Process Design
Mike Miller ConsultancyAustraliaThe Role of Dynamic Factors in Autoclave Scaling
Clean TeQ LimitedAustraliaThe Clean TeQ Sunrise Project – Pilot Demonstrated Upgrade of Pressure Acid Leach Discharge Through Use of Continuous Resin In Pulp Technology
LiNiCo Pty LtdAustraliaSynergistic Coprocessing Of Nickel Laterite Ores and Sulphide Concentrates Using The Roastpal Process
ALTA Metallurgical ServicesAustraliaAre we Heading into the 4th Generation of PAL Plants for Laterites?
Pressure Acid Leaching Panel Discussion and Q&A

Sponsorship available

The Uranium-REE sessions, organised in co-operation with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), are held on Thursday 23 May in in parallel with the Gold-PM sessions.  Delegates may move freely between sessions and will receive both proceedings.  The program includes 16 papers plus the Developments in IX panel discussion.  

THURSDAY 23 MAY Click to view abstract (in presentation order)
Opening Address
Dr Brett Moldovan
Team Leader, Uranium Resources and Production, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
AustriaWhat will Future Uranium Mining Projects Look Like?
Keynote Address
Dr Karin Soldenhoff
Technology Manager - Minerals, ANSTO
AustraliaUranium IX - Past, Present and Future
ANSTO Minerals-Consulting Metallurgist/BHP Olympic DamAustraliaThe Development of a Geometallurgical Uranium Leaching Model as a Predictive Tool for Leach Optimisation
Jordan Uranium Mining Company
(IAEA sponsored presenter)
JordanCentral Jordan Uranium Project: Monitoring the Project Maturity via the Application of the UNFC-2009
Beijing Research Institute of Chemical Engineering and Metallurgy (BRICEM)
(IAEA supported submission)
ChinaThe Research of Cladding Technology for Acidic Uranium Tailings and the Control of Radon Exhalation
Alkane Resources LtdAustraliaThe Development of the Dubbo Rare Metal and Rare Earth Flowsheet - Toongi NSW, Australia
Arafura Resources Pty LtdAustraliaThe Nolans NdPr Project – Developing a Flowsheet Working With Ore Characteristics to Optimse Project Outcomes
Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) (IAEA sponsored presenter)PhilippinesU and REE Recovery from Phosphates in the Philippines
Orway Mineral Consultants Pty Ltd (WA)AustraliaUranium Recovery from Copper Concentrate
OLI Systems, Inc USAPredicting the Speciation and Properties of Rare Earth Elements During Chemical Extraction from Mineral Deposits
French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Nuclear Energy Division, Research Department on Mining and Fuel Recycling ProcessesFranceRare Earth Recovery and Separation Using Diglycolamides
Center for Nuclear Minerals Technology - National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN)
(IAEA supported submission)
IndonesiaHydrometallurgy Process on Radioactive and Rare Earth Elements Extraction from Monazite in Indonesia
Adelaide Control EngineeringAustraliaFluid Bed Precipitation with particular reference to Uranium Oxide Concentrates
Malaysian Nuclear Agency
(IAEA supported submission)
MalaysiaDecomposition of Xenotime Concentrate Using Alkaline Fusion Method *NEW
Developments in IX Forum
Axion - Rare-earth and Noble MetalsRussiaDevelopment of AXIONIT Selective Ion Exchange Resins for Recovery of Rare-Earth Elements and Actinides
MINTEK South AfricaPositioning of IX within the Uranium Industry
Developments in IX Panel Discussion and Q&A
Included in proceedings but not presented
Center for Nuclear Fuel Technology - National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN)
(IAEA supported submission)
IndonesiaProduction of UO2 Powder Through Yellow Cake Conversion Process Using Pilot Conversion Plan Facilities in Center for Nuclear Fuel Technology - BATAN
Chulalongkorn University
(IAEA supported submission)
ThailandAlluvial Tin Mining and Processing at Heinda Mine : A Challenge for Enhancing Recovery Along with Co-Product of U-Th-REE in Monazite
Malaysian Nuclear Agency
(IAEA supported submission)
MalaysiaA Selective Removal of Thorium by Ion Imprinted Poly(Bis[2-Methacryloyloxy)Ethyl]Phosphate)-Grafted Non-Woven Fabrics
Ministry of Mining and Heavy Industry (MMHI)/The Nuclear Energy Commission (NEA) (IAEA supported submission)MongoliaUranium Mine Development in Mongolia

Sponsored by Air Liquide

The Gold-PM sessions, organised in partnership with Curtin Gold Technology Group, are held on Thursday 23 May, in parallel with the Uranium-REE sessions.  Delegates may move freely between sessions and will receive both proceedings.  The program includes 16 papers plus the Fit-for-Purpose Leaching Systems panel discussion.  

THURSDAY 23 MAY Click to view abstract (in presentation order)
Keynote Address
Prof Jacques Eksteen
Director, Gold Technology Group and Chair, Extractive Metallurgy, WASM, Curtin University
AustraliaFit-for-Purpose Precious Metals Leach Systems: Matching Leach Strategies to Source Characteristics
Green Gold EngineeringIndonesiaGo for Gold and Ignore Cyanide Soluble Copper - A New Approach to Gold/Copper Ores
AusencoAustraliaGold Recovery via Ion Exchange Resins and Activated Carbon – A Comparison of Test Work Methods *NEW
MINTEK South AfricaAu from Carbon Fines (Title TBC)
Air Liquide IncUSAEvaluation of Oxygen Requirements of a Refractory Concentrate in a Comprehensive Pre-oxidation and Cyanide Leaching System
EKATO RMT/JSC Polyus Research Center/
Polyus LLC
Germany/RussiaDevelopment and Implementation of the EKATO Combijet+ Impeller in a Bioleach Application at the Polyus Olimpiada Mine
CSIRO/Eco Minerals Research Limited/Clean Mining LimitedAustraliaDemonstration at Scale in the Field of a Non-Toxic Reagent System to Recover Gold
AusencoAustraliaCarbon Circuit Health Check
CSIROAustraliaReal-Time Monitoring of Precious Gold in Slurries *NEW
Joe Zhou Mineralogy LtdCanadaGeometallurgy and Process Mineralogy of Gold Ores: Methodologies and Applications in Process Selection and Plant Optimization
Aalto University/VTTFinlandCyanide Free Future of Gold Processing - Process Simulation and Knowledge Modelling
Fit-for-Purpose Leaching Systems Forum
METS Engineering Group Pty Ltd (METS)AustraliaTechnology Options for Processing a Gold Ore with Variable Refractory Characteristics
YaKum Consulting Inc/Process Research ORETECH IncCanadaDevelopment of Mixed Chloride Process for Gold Recovery
CSIRO/Katavi Mining CompanyAustralia/TanzaniaEvaluation of Various Options to Minimise the Impact of Copper on Gold Electrowining in an Acacia Gravity Gold Processing Plant
Newcrest Mining/Mining & Process Solutions/Curtin UniversityAustraliaDevelopment of a Glycine-Cyanide Leach Process for Gold-Copper Concentrate
Western Australian School of Mines, Curtin UniversityAustraliaOptions of Gold and Copper Recovery from Glycine and Glycine-Cyanide Solutions *NEW
Fit-for-Purpose Leaching Systems Panel Discussion and Q&A

Sponsored by Mining3

The In Situ Recovery (ISR) sessions, organised in partnership with CSIRO Mineral Resources, are held on Friday 24 May, in parallel with the Lithium Processing sessions.  Delegates may move freely between sessions and will receive both proceedings.  The program includes 15 papers plus the Enhancing ISR Permeability panel discussion.  

FRIDAY 24 MAY Click to view abstract (in presentation order)
Keynote Address
Dr Horst Maerten
Vice President Technology, Heathgate Resources and CEO, Umwelt-und Ingenieurtechnik GmbH Dresden (UIT)
Australia/GermanyTrends in ISR Technology
CSIRO/Heathgate Resources Pty LtdAustraliaAutomated Ground Water Monitoring for an Australian In-Situ Recovery Mining Operation
MINES Paris-Tech/Orano MiningFrance2D Reactive Transport Simulation of Well Clogging During Acidic Uranium In Situ Leaching Process
Newmont Mining CorporationUSAMicrobially-Assisted In Situ Metal Recovery - Where Does it Make Sense?
Coomooroo Explorations Coy Pty Ltd/Auric BioRecoveryAustralia/USAThe Use of Bugs for In Situ Leaching Offers a New Frontier for Monetising Stranded Assets *NEW
CSA Global Pty Ltd/UGTC LtdAustralia/RussiaIn Situ Recovery for Non-Uranium Metals
Environmental Copper RecoveryAustraliaThe Potential of Insitu Recovery for Copper, Gold and Other Metals, The Kapunda Project as a Possible Example
Curtin University/CSIROAustraliaStaged Leaching of Refractory Bornite with Acidic Solutions at Moderate Temperature in an In-Situ Recovery Environment
CSIROAustraliaApproach for Assessing the Amenability of Copper- and Gold-Containing Ores to In-Situ Recovery
University of Western Australia, Department of Civil, Mining and Environmental EngineeringAustraliaInvestigation of the Leaching Gold by Alkaline Glycine in Microchannels
Enhancing ISR Permeability Forum
Mining3AustraliaInnovations in Rock Fragmentation and Fracturing - Creating Access for Leaching
OricaAustraliaPotential Use of Blasting to Enhance Permeability
Monash University, 3GDeep Research LaboratoryAustraliaAn Artificial Fracture Stimulation Technique for Enhanced In Situ Recovery Using Non-Explosive Demolition Agents
Curtin University, School of WASM: Minerals, Energy and Chemical EngineeringAustraliaEnhanced Conductivity by Hydraulic Fracturing for In-situ Recovery (ISR) in Hard Rocks
CSIRO EnergyAustraliaHydraulic Fracturing in In Situ Recovery – Methods and Equipment for Field Trials
Enhancing ISR Permeability Panel Discussion and Q&A

Sponsored by OLI Systems

The Lithium Processing sessions are held on Friday 24 May, in parallel with the In Situ Recovery (ISR) sessions.  Delegates may move freely between sessions and will receive both proceedings.  The program includes 16 papers plus the Novel Lithium Processes panel discussion.  

FRIDAY 24 MAY Click to view abstract
Keynote Address
Adrian Griffin
Managing Director, Lithium Australia
AustraliaInnovation Required to Meet Future Lithium Demand
GeoRessources, Université de LorraineFranceRecent Advances in Hydrometallurgy for the Development of a Sustainable Production of Lithium-Ion Batteries
Lithium Consultants AustralasiaAustraliaThe Nature of Lithium Mineral Physical Properties in Selecting Calcination and Roasting Equipment
Ausenco MineralsAustraliaTunnel Kiln Mineral Roasting
SGS Minerals MetallurgyAustraliaProject Derisking: The Importance of Metallurgical Testing and Piloting within the Project Lifecycle in the Processing of Lithium Materials
OLI Systems, IncUSABrine Chemistry and Properties Prediction During Salar Evaporation to Maximize Product Yield
OutokumpuSweden/AustraliaCost-Effective Use of Duplex Stainless Steel for Structural Applications in Metallurgical Processes for the Production of Lithium and Battery Metal Materials
Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS)AustraliaLithium Mining Operations: The Safety Regulator’s Perspective
LANXESS Deutschland GmbH/LANXESS Pty LtdGermany/AustraliaThe Use of Selective Resins with Small Particle Size in Lithium Brine Purification
AMS Technologies/Chimerical TechnologyIsrael/South AfricaSelective Recovery of Lithium Using Membrane Technology
Novel Lithium Processes Forum
HatchAustraliaSustainable Plant Design - Case Study for Lithium Production from Spodumene
METS Engineering Group Pty Ltd (METS)AustraliaTechnical Options for Processing a Lithium Clay Ore and Achieving High Purity Lithium Carbonate
Arithmetek Inc/Lithium AmericasCanadaLithium from Clay Versus Lithium from Spodumene - Round 1 *NEW
ANSTO MineralsAustraliaLithium Hydroxide Production – Processing Review, Technology Development and Future Opportunities
CSIROAustraliaExtraction of Lithium from Spodumene Concentrate
Outotec (Finland) OyFinlandOutotec Lithium Hydroxide Process - A Novel Direct Leach Process for the Production of Battery Grade Lithium Hydroxide Monohydrate from Calcined Spodumene
Novel Lithium Processes Panel Discussion & Q&A

David Weight
President, Cobalt Institute (United Kingdom)
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Conference Opening Address
The Changing Landscape of the Cobalt Market
Dr Bryn Harris
Managing Partner, NMR360 Inc (Canada)
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Nickel-Cobalt-Copper Keynote Address
The Future of Ni-Co-Cu Processing in the Age of Lithium-Ion Batteries
Dr Brett Moldovan
Team Leader, Uranium Resources and Production
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) (Austria)
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Uranium-REE Opening Address
What will Future Uranium Mining Projects Look Like?
Dr Karin Soldenhoff
Technology Manager - Minerals, ANSTO (Australia)
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Uranium-REE Keynote Address
Uranium IX - Past, Present and Future
Prof Jacques Eksteen
Director, Gold Technology Group and Chair, Extractive Metallurgy,
Western Australian School of Mines, Curtin University (Australia)
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Gold-PM Keynote Address
Fit-for-Purpose Precious Metals Leach Systems: Matching Leach Strategies to Source Characteristics
Dr Horst Maerten
Vice President Technology, Heathgate Resources (Australia) and CEO, Umwelt-und Ingenieurtechnik GmbH Dresden (UIT) (Germany)
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In Situ Recovery Keynote Address
Trends in ISR Technology
Adrian Griffin
Managing Director, Lithium Australia (Australia)
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Lithium Processing Keynote Address
Innovation Required to Meet Future Lithium Demand
Alan Taylor
Conference Chair, ALTA 2019
Metallurgical Consultant and Managing Director, ALTA Metallurgical Services (Australia)
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Dinner Address
The Rise of Cobalt – A Laterite Wars Story

Nickel-Cobalt-CopperMondayDr Mike Dry, Owner, Arithmetek Inc. (Canada)
Dr Grant Wellwood, General Manager, Jenike & Johanson Pty Ltd (Australia)
Dr Bryn Harris, Managing Partner, NMR360 (Canada)
TuesdayDr Murdoch Mackenzie, Consultant, JWM Mackenzie (Australia)
Tom Robinson, Senior Leader Business Development, Teck Resources (Canada)
Bravo Mbao, Regional Technical Manager - EMEA & AP, Solvay (Zambia)
Frank Trask, Technical Director, Mining & Process Solutions (Australia)
WednesdayMike Miller, Mike Miller Consultancy Services (Australia)
Hermann Scriba, Consultant, Linico Pty Ltd (Australia)
Alan Taylor, Managing Director, ALTA Metallurgical Services (Australia)
Paul Tucker, Engineering Manager, Bantrel Co. (Canada)

Pressure Acid Leaching Panel
Alan Taylor, Managing Director, ALTA Metallurgical Services (Australia)
Uranium-REEThursdayGrenvil Dunn, Principal Process Engineer, Orway Mineral Consultants (WA) Pty Ltd
Dr Brett Moldovan, Team Leader, Uranium Resources and Production, IAEA (Austria)
Dr Karin Soldenhoff, Technology Manager - Minerals, ANSTO (Australia)
Alan Taylor, Managing Director, ALTA Metallurgical Services (Australia)

Developments in IX Panel
Alan Taylor, Managing Director, ALTA Metallurgical Services (Australia)
Gold-PMThursdayDr Paul Breuer, Principal Research Scientist - Gold Processing, CSIRO (Australia)
Seshree Pillay, Head : Precious Metals and Uranium, Mintek (South Africa)
Dr Yeonuk Choi, President, YaKum Consulting Inc. (Canada)
Rick Edwards, Sales Engineer, Air Liquide (Australia)

Fit-for Purpose Leaching Systems Panel
Prof Jacques Eksteen, Chair: Extractive Metallurgy, Director: Gold Technology Group, Curtin University (Australia)
In Situ RecoveryFridayJohn O’Callaghan, Head of Metallurgy, Newcrest Mining (Australia
Dr Ewan Sellers, Program Director, Mining3 (Australia)
Leon Faulkner, Managing Director, Environmental Copper Recovery Pty Ltd (Australia)
Dr Horst Maerten, Vice President Technology, Heathgate Resources (Australia) and CEO, Umwelt-und Ingenieurtechnik GmbH Dresden (UIT) (Germany)

Enhancing ISR Permeability Panel
Dr Laura Kuhar, Research Team Leader, CSIRO (Australia)
Lithium ProcessingFridayDr Goutam Das, Research Project Leader/Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO (Australia)
Dr Jeffrey Claflin, Consulting Process Engineering, Ausenco (Australia)
Dr Anthony Gerbino, Scientist, OLI Systems (USA)
Grant Harman, Lithium Consultants Australasia, (Australia)

Novel Lithium Processes Panel
Dr Chris Griffith, Senior Process Chemist / Business Development Lead, ANSTO Minerals (Australia)

  • Treatment of Nickel-Cobalt Laterites (18 May)  Course Outline
  • Copper SX/EW Basic Principles and Detailed Plant Design (19 May)  Course Outline
  • Heap Leaching & its Application to Copper, Gold, Uranium & Nickel Ores (25 May)  Course Outline

The emphasis of the program is practical rather than academic, and the themes running through the conference are the various aspects of technology and project development. The event comprises five international conferences including dedicated expanded day sessions for In Situ Recovery (ISR) and Lithium Processing in response to industry activity.  We are pleased to partner with CSIRO Minerals for ISR and Curtin Gold Technology Group for Gold-PM.  The Uranium-REE and ISR sessions, and Heap Leaching short course are organised in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

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